GATE Civil Engineering Syllabus 2024: Section-Wise Syllabus

Hafsha Qureshi
Hafsha Qureshi

Updated on - Mar 18, 2024

GATE Civil Engineering Syllabus 2024 is divided into 7 sections: Engineering Mathematics, Structural Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Water Resources Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Transportation Engineering, and Geomatics Engineering. It is one of the twenty-five exams of the GATE examination for admission into postgraduate and research programmes.

GATE 2024 will be conducted by IISc Bangalore for aspirants who want to pursue further postgraduate courses in engineering such as M.Tech and Doctoral programs.

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GATE Civil Engineering Syllabus 2024

The GATE Civil Engineering Syllabus consists of 7 Sections. And they are:

  • Section 1: Engineering Mathematics
  • Section 2: Structural Engineering
  • Section 3: Geotechnical Engineering
  • Section 4: Water Resources Engineering
  • Section 5: Environmental Engineering
  • Section 6: Transportation Engineering
  • Section 7: Geomatics Engineering

GATE Civil Engineering Syllabus also includes General Aptitude which consists of Verbal Ability and Numerical Ability. The section of General aptitude remains the same for all of the GATE exams.

GATE Civil Engineering Syllabus 2024 for General Aptitude

The topics for General Aptitude are -

  • Verbal Ability: English grammar, sentence completion, Instructions, Verbal analogies, Word groups, Critical reasoning, Verbal deduction
  • Numerical Ability: Numerical computation, Numerical reasoning, Numerical estimation, Data interpretation

GATE Civil Engineering Syllabus 2024 Section-Wise

The GATE syllabus for Civil engineering Syllabus consists of seven different sections and the General Aptitude Section remains the same for all exams under GATE.

The GATE Civil Engineering is a tough examination and candidates must be thorough with the subjects and the topics. The GATE Civil Engineering exams shall open opportunities for candidates aspiring to pursue postgraduate courses such as Masters and Doctoral courses. It is also helpful in offering jobs to qualified candidates depending on their GATE score.

Each section has its own sub-topics. Candidates can refer to the GATE civil engineering syllabus listed below: 

Section 1: Engineering Mathematics

  • Linear Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Ordinary Differential Equation (ODE)
  • Partial Differential Equation (PDE)
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Numerical Methods

Section 2: Structural Engineering

  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Solid Mechanics
  • Structural Analysis
  • Construction Materials and Management
  • Concrete Structures
  • Steel Structures

Section 3: Geotechnical Engineering

  • Soil Mechanics
  • Foundation Engineering

Section 4: Water Resources Engineering

  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Hydraulics
  • Hydrology
  • Irrigation

Section 5: Environmental Engineering

  • Water and Waste Water
  • Air Pollution
  • Municipal Solid Wastes
  • Noise Pollution

Section 6: Transportation Engineering

  • Transportation Infrastructure
  • Highway Pavements
  • Traffic Engineering

Section 7: Geomatics Engineering

  • Principles of surveying; Errors and their adjustment;
  • Maps – scale, coordinate system;
  • Distance and angle measurement – Levelling and trigonometric leveling;
  • Traversing and triangulation survey;
  • Total station; Horizontal and vertical curves.
  • Photogrammetry – scale, flying height;
  • Remote sensing – basics, platform and sensors, visual image interpretation;
  • Basics of Geographical information system (GIS) and Geographical Positioning system (GPS).

GATE Civil Engineering Exam Pattern 2024

The GATE exam is carried out for 3 hours. There are three sections and the questions are in form of MCQs and NATs. The exam pattern for GATE Civil Engineering is the following:

GATE 2024 Civil Engineering Exam Pattern
Particulars Details
Number of Sections 3
Name of the sections General Aptitude
Civil Engineering Based Subject
Mode of Examination Online or Computer Based Test (CBT)
Total Marks 100
Number of Questions 65
Question Type Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
Numerical Answer Type Questions (NAT)
Time Allotted 3 hours or 180 minutes
Marking Scheme For questions of 1 mark, a total of 0.3 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer.
For questions of 2 marks, a total of 0.6 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer.

Note: There is a negative marking for only MCQs and there is no negative marking for NATs.

Read More: GATE 2024 Exam Pattern

GATE Civil Engineeing Previous Year Question Papers

The students can download the PDF format of the GATE previous year question papers to get more insights about the exam pattern and find the repeated questions to find a familiar pattern. 

GATE Civil Engineering Previous Year Question Papers
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GATE Civil Engineering Reference Books 2024

GATE Civil Engineering Syllabus is vast. Therefore, referring to the best books and preparing from them can be a bonus. Here is the books for civil engineering listed below:

Civil Engineering GATE Exam Books 2024
Books Authors
Structural Engineering
Theory of Structure CK Wang, S Rammamrutham, L S Negi & Jangit
Wilbur & Norris
Theory of Elasticity Timoshenko & Gere
Engineering Mathematics
Discrete Mathematics and Its Applications Kenneth Rosen
Higher Engineering mathematics B.S. Grewal
Advanced Engineering Mathematics Erwin Kreyszig
Geotechnical Engineering
Soil Mechanics Gopal Ranjan & Rao, Venkat Ramaiha, and S K Garg
Geotechnical engineering: Principles and Practises Donald P Coduto
Geotechnical engineering: Unsaturated and Saturated Soils J L Briaud
Water Resources Engineering
Water Resources S K Garg
Transportation Engineering
Transportation Justo Khanna
Environmental Engineering
Environmental Engineering  S. K. Garg 
Waste Water Engineering B. C. Punmia Part I & Part II
Geomatics Engineering
Surveying (vol. 1,2,3)  B.C. Punmia, Ashok Jain, Arun Jain 

Read More: GATE 2024 Books

GATE Civil Engineering Eligibility

All candidates who are aspiring to appear for GATE Civil Engineering Exam must have the following:

  • Must possess an undergraduate degree of B.E or B.Tech
  • If the candidate does not have the degree, he/she must be pursuing the final or the last year of his B.E or B.Tech
  • The candidates must not have any backlogs
  • There is no age limit for any of the candidates as long as they have the degree.
  • Candidates who are Indian and as well candidates who are from a different nationality are also eligible to apply.



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